Warriors' rout overshadowed by frightening injury to McCaw
Warriors clobber Kings
SACRAMENTO -- For the first time in weeks, the Warriors looked a lot like themselves.
With Kevin Durant scoring a game-high 27 points and Klay Thompson tossed in 25 in his return after an eight-game absence as the defending champs rolled to a 112-96 victory over the Kings at Golden 1 Center.
Outshooting Sacramento 49.4 percent to 41.9 percent, the Warriors (55-21) snapped a three-game losing streak and evened the season series at two games apiece.
Despite a heavy police presence outside the arena, the game went on without notable off-court incident in the wake of a controversial police shooting that led to protests in downtown Sacramento.
Thompson played remarkably well for someone who has missed three weeks, but Durant submitted an impressive all-around game.
Durant’s line: 27 points (8-of-15 shooting from the field, including 2-of-5 from beyond the arc, 9-of-11 from the line), a game-high 10 rebounds, five assists and one blocked shot. He played 31 minutes and finished a plus-20.
Trailing 25-22 with 2:09 left in the opening quarter, the Warriors went on a 13-0 run to create separation, taking a 35-25 lead on a Shaun Livingston dunk with 9:47 remaining in the second quarter.
The Warriors maintained the lead from that point on, leading by as much as 24. The Kings got no closer than seven in the second half.
Warriors in-game injury: G Pat McCaw left the game in the third quarter after sustaining an apparent back injury. He was carried out on a stretcher and transported to UC Davis Medical Center for evaluation.
Warriors pregame: Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) was listed as probable and upgraded to available after shootaround. F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out after shootaround. G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain) and F/G Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) were listed as out.
Kings: F Harry Giles (bi-lateral knee rehabilitation) and G Iman Shumpert (L knee rehabilitation and L plantar fasciitis) were listed as out.
The Warriors returned to the Bay Area immediately after the game and on Sunday will face the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with tipoff scheduled for 5:35.